Posts Tagged ‘PBS’

Learn about Napoleon

August 16th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, August 16, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS Empires: Napoleon

(www.pbs.org/empires/napoleon/home.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from PBS based on the 2000 four-part series provides information, lesson plans, interactives and more that can be used to supplement your study of French statesman and military leader, Napoleon Bonaparte.

While the lesson plans are designed to be used with the video series, they may be adaptable to work in your classroom without them or some libraries may have the videos available to their patrons. Don’t let not having access to the series stop you from checking out this site as it still provides some valuable learning material.

When arriving at the home page, look for the 4 thumbnail images in the middle of the page. Select one of these images to visit the page for information about: 

  • The Man and the Myth – Learn about Napoleon’s life in Youth and Family Life, Tyrant or Hero, and Self-Made Myth
  • Napoleon and Josephine – Discover their Courtship & Marriage, The Emperor & Empress, and Crisis & Divorce
  • Politics in Napoleon’s Time – Understand The French Revolution, Politics and the People, The Fall of Napoleon’s Empire and Napoleon’s Legacy
  • Napoleon at War – Dig into Campaigns and Battles, Napoleon’s Tactics, The Soldier’s Life, Weapons and Units of the Grand Armée

Each section provides a few illustrations and informative text about the topic.

Also available at the site is an interactive timeline accessible by selecting the Timeline link in the left-hand menu. Choose the Classroom Materials to locate the lesson plans.

In the Special Features section visitors can send a Napoleon E-Postcard, download a Napoleon screensaver, review responses to perspective questions about Napoleon, or watch RealPlayer video clips from the series. For those with older browsers that still allow Java to run, check out the Waterloo Interactive Battlefield Simulator game. Unfortunately, this game did not load for us using the most recently updated versions of Chrome or Firefox.

While this is an older resource site, there is still a lot of good information to use in your classroom.

Free Marine Science Videos, Lessons, & More

August 7th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World

(www.blueworldtv.com/)

Age Range: All (This was designed for students in grades 6-8, but there is something of educational value and entertainment for everyone, with parental supervision.)

 

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World website is an offshoot of a PBS television series by the same name. The website offers “webisodes” of the underwater science/adventure series online for free WITHOUT advertising – and it’s all accompanied by free study guides and classroom lessons and activities based on National Science Standards (that can be tweaked for home use by families). The idea is to generate interest in protecting the underwater world by increasing awareness of this realm and the creatures that live there. The episodes and learning materials are packed with information and presented in a way that makes marine biology fun to learn.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a sliding display that highlights current features. Use the menu at the top of the screen that includes: 

  • Watch Webisodes – View over 100 different videos covering topics such as coral spawning, dolphins, learning to scuba dive, shark biology, crustaceans, venomous fish, killer clams, whales, and much more. You’ll also find “Extras” that include interviews with cameramen, videos on tools of the trade, etc. While all of the webisodes offer downloadable study guides, in the “Curriculum Based” section, you’ll find six videos that also offer free, downloadable lesson plans.
  • Behind The Scenes – Meet underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird and the rest of his award-winning science and research team. Peruse a “Photo Gallery,” read “Sea Stories” about incidents that occur behind the scenes, and explore “Other Resources” that contain links to educational websites.
  • For Educators – Access the free Study Guides and Lesson Plans. Learn about National Science Standards, Ocean Literacy Principles, and find a direct link to the “Curriculum Based” webisodes.

This is a terrific learning resource that the whole family will find educational and entertaining!

Summer-themed reading activities

July 18th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, July 18, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Start with a Book

(www.startwithabook.org/summer-reading-learning)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a project of the PBS show, Reading Rockets and along with funding from The Park Foundation, Inc. they offer themed booklists and activities for summer reading and learning.

When you get to the website click on any of the graphics in the center of the page. A new page opens providing instructions on how to explore a particular theme: 

  • Fiction and non-fiction books (suggested list by age and grade)
  • Hands-on activities
  • Fun ideas to build writing skills
  • Kid-friendly websites
  • Play and learn mobile apps

The activities include a materials list with pictures and instructions and discussion help. Many themes like these can be explored: 

  • Dinosaurs
  • Flight
  • Bugs, Birds and Animals
  • Stars, Planets and the Night Sky
  • Weather
  • Detectives and Explorers
  • Art and Artists
  • Folktales, Fairy Tales and Myths
  • Poetry
  • and many more!

This website is full of information to help parents develop a love for reading within their children. Bookmark this website and check back often.

Discover the History of Us

July 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Freedom: A History of Us

(www.thirteen.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Explore American history with this archived website from New York PBS station WNET (thirteen).

This site has so much to offer that we only scratched the surface while working on this review. After reading through the information on the home page, use the upper menu to navigate the site for: 

  • Webisode Menu – Select from sixteen webisodes focusing on specific time periods in American history from the Declaration of Independence to the events of September 11, 2001. Each webisode includes informational text, images, audios, PDF documents, research tools such as timelines, glossaries, quizzes, downloadable teacher guides and so much more.
  • Tools & Activities – Enhance your studies with multimedia games, multiple-choice quizzes, Freedom Stories, “History Resource Database to find museums, historical societies, and other opportunities for historical edification in your community” and an image browser.
  • For Teachers – Find teaching guides and background information for all the webisodes, interactive timelines and much more to aid and supplement your studies.
  • About the Series – Learn about the PBS “Freedom” series.

Visitors will want to bookmark this valuable American history resource to come back to throughout all their studies.

Language Arts Games & More!

May 30th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, May 30, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PBS: Interactive Language Arts Games

(pbskids.org/whiteboard/)

Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

PBS offers a collection of interactive, fun Language Arts games that enhance learning. The activities are themed around PBS shows such as The Electric Company, Between the Lions, Super Why, Sesame Street, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of games that teach about topics such as: 

  • Reading
  • Organizing
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • And more!

Click on any one and a new page opens where the game begins. Be sure to turn on your speakers to hear the narrations and sound effects. When you’re through with the Language Arts games, you may also enjoy the Arts, Math, and Social Science games. The nice thing about this PBS site, is that all of the games are age-appropriate, vetted by educators, and there isn’t any advertising.

Tour Idaho’s Capitol Online

July 7th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 7, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Idaho’s Capitol for Kids

(idahoptv.org/productions/specials/capitoloflight/kids/index.cfm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Tour Idaho’s Capitol with this website from Idaho Public Education and the Idaho State Board of Education.

To begin your virtual tours, select the “Take a Tour” link on the home page. Then select to either take a video tour or a photo tour. The video tours include: 

  • Tour – Choose to see the full 11-minute tour of the restored Capitol or watch in segments. This tour is also available captioned.
  • 1905-1920 – “Learn what Idaho was like in the early 1900’s, find out who designed and built the original Capitol and discover why Idaho’s Capitol was an early 20th Century modern marvel”.
  • Restoration & Expansion – Explore “the restoration and expansion of Idaho’s Capitol and its hidden and not-so-hidden treasures.”
  • Capitol of Light – PBS documentary of the renovation and expansion of the Capitol.
  • Visions of Idaho –  PBS videos about Idaho history, geography and more.
  • Saved By the Bill – “Learn how an idea becomes law in Idaho”.

When you have finished with your tours return to the “Kids Home” page to learn more about Idaho’s Capitol. Hover over the eagle and click the link to reach the welcome page. Here visitors can download a fun facts sheet and a reference sheet of Idaho’s State Symbols. Select “Play Games” for online games such as: 

  • I Spy Idaho’s Capitol
  • I Spy: The Quiz Game
  • Claim It!
  • Seal of Fortune

Choose the “Teachers” button to find printable versions of the online games and answer keys, web links to the Idaho State Government, other Capitol websites, Idaho history sites, Idaho’s Indian Tribes, and just for fun.

This fun website is a great place to get an overview of Idaho.

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